The quick and the dead

Images from this morning’s walk with Mouse.

The quick is the mangoes; a lavish crop of ‘commons’ in all the local trees, making a bid for immortality by fruiting well in harsh conditions. Also quick are the very early blossoms on the poincianas (aka Flamboyant Tree or Delonix regis), which normally flower for Christmas. All around the area, the trees are wearing enormous pompoms of brilliant scarlet flowers, almost as if they were waiting for an international convention of cheerleaders.

The dead is mostly everything else. Even the indestructible bougainvilleas have lost their green leaves, and the hot pink, purple and orange flowers are bursting forth on bare stems. Blossoms are falling everywhere, and any grass that isn’t irrigated is either brown and crispy, or already history.

On the upside, a little rain is forecast for the weekend. A couple of hours, not enough to restore the land, but it’ll make the fire danger just a little less. And a little more rain next week.

It had better be quick or there’ll be more dead.

Flames rekindled

Spring is well under way, and everywhere, Nature is breaking out her brightest reds.  Top of my favourites list are the Flame Trees, but as you’ll see from the rest of the images, she’s got more than one red in her paintbox.

A row of young Flame Trees (Brachychiton acerifolius) beside the lagoon at Mackay's Botanic Gardens

A row of young Flame Trees (Brachychiton acerifolius) beside the lagoon at Mackay’s Botanic Gardens

A close-up of the flowers, contrasting nicely with the blue sky behind

A close-up of the flowers, contrasting nicely with the blue sky behind

Another scarlet starlet, flowers of the Poinciana (Delonix regia)

Another scarlet starlet, flowers of the Poinciana (Delonix regia)

A triumphant scarlet Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)

A triumphant scarlet Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)

One of my all-time favourite succulents, the Flapjack Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora)

One of my all-time favourite succulents, the Flapjack Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora)

The Desert Rose (Adenium obesum), a survivor with beautiful flowers, but watch out for the poisonous sap

The Desert Rose (Adenium obesum), a survivor with beautiful flowers, but watch out for the poisonous sap

Watch this space.  I’ll be making time for blue flowers too.